The garden is planted, the warm air settling in, little by little, depending where you live. Alright, also depending on Nature’s humor for the day. Who says cookies are only for winter nights by the fire, with a glass of milk? I think they are the perfect excuse to bring the harvest to the table (and tummy) in the form of a tasty, healthy treat.
The original recipe for these delicious Carrot Cookies can be found on page 16 of the All Year ‘Round Squeezo Book.
If you are using a Squeezo Strainer to make the carrot purée, first scrub the carrots and cut off the tops. Then, steam them until soft and very tender prior to putting through the Squeezo. Here is a good idea while you are at it: prepare a larger quantity of carrots than you might need for one recipe and freeze extra in 1 cup portions for future use in other recipes, such as wonderful carrot soup. Now, back to the business of making cookies. You will need:
1 C honey
1/2 C butter or margarine (I use yogurt)
1 C carrot purée (or 2/3 cup purée and 1/3 cup grated carrot for added texture)
1 C unbleached flour
1 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp grated orange rind
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 C chopped nuts (I like to use walnuts and add raisins)
Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and honey together until well mixed. Beat in carrot purée and egg. Combine flour, salt and baking powder. Beat in creamed mixture. Stir in orange rind, nutmeg and nuts. Drop dough unto greased baking sheet by spoonfuls. bake for 15 minutes. Share and savor about 3 dozen delightfully hearty cookies.
Have any empty jars? Stack some cookies inside. Add a ribbon and a little card with a summer greeting or quote on it. Offer randomly to someone meaningful… the neighbor who watches your cats when you are away, the mechanic who got you out of a jam even though he was booked, the pharmacist who kindly resolved an issue with your prescription, the check-out woman who always takes the time to say hello…
A carrot cookie a day makes the clouds go away! Take my word for it. I’m a Granny, I know these things.